Can a state or school district require that public schools give equal time to evolution and creationism?

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

No, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down such a law in Louisiana in its 1987 decision Edwards v. Aguillard. The Court determined that the “preeminent purpose of the Louisiana Legislature was clearly to advance the religious viewpoint that a supernatural being created humankind.” The Court added that “the purpose of the Creationism Act was to restructure the science curriculum to conform with a particular religious viewpoint.” A federal district had invalidated a similar Arkansas law in 1982.